In 2014, Pope Francis opened the gardens of Castel Gandolfo for guided tours. From now on the papal residence becomes a tourist destination that can be visited once a week with a train, connecting it with the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican.
Every Saturday the tourists can visit Castel Gandolfo. A gallery of about 50 portraits of popes from the past 500 years is shown at the palace. Papal vestments and liturgical equipment are also on display. Tickets can be purchased from the Vatican Museum. The 40-Euro ticket includes a visit of the Villa Barberini with its Italian gardens, the ruins of the residence of the Roman emperor Domitian and the organic farm of the pope. The papal apartments remain closed to the public.